Daily Prompts

September 4, 2012
Take your seat, get out a piece of paper and a pen or pencil, write down the following sentence, and make corrections:

Today we would learn about a extended metaphor a allusion and enterior monologues.

The CORRECTED sentence:

Today we will learn about an extended metaphor, an allusion, and interior monologues.

For tomorrow:  Bring a photo or mental image of YOURSELF with your family or community practicing a talent, accomplishing something, or experience.

Also, bring the quick write about college that we did on the first day of school!

Extended Metaphor: A symbol that changes over time.

Allusion: “I am surprised his nose isn’t growing like Pinocchio’s!”

Monologue: Can you think of an example?

Extended Metaphor & Interior Monologue

September 5, 2012
Close your eyes and visualize an image of yourself with family, friends, or the community doing something that you are proud of or something that defines you.

After you visualize your image, sketch it on the colored piece of paper in front of you.

Sight – what do you see?  List everything you see in your image.

Sound – what do you hear?  List the sounds you hear.  Are people talking?  Is there music?  What other sounds do you hear?

Smell – what do you smell?  List everything you smell.  Is there food?  Flowers?  Rain?

Touch – are you holding something or touching someone?  What does the object feel like?  What does the fabric feel like on the person you are touching?

Taste – does the image make you hungry?  If you’re eating something, what does it taste like?  Think deeply about this sensory detail.

What adjectives have you used?  Color?  Temperature?  Weather?  Size?  Shape?

Now add active verbs!  (work, play, practice, study, plan, anticipate, excite, run, throw)

Now paint a picture with words.  Use the information you just listed to tell me about the picture.  Don’t tell me the back story.  Just focus on the picture and describing everything about it.  Writing in first person, using present tense will make writing easier.

September 7, 2012
Chapter 2 & 3:

  1. What depresses Holden?  What bothers him? Why?
  2. How does Holden feel about phony people?  Do you agree?
  3. What rules does Holden live by?  How are Holden’s rules the same as the rules of society?  How are they different?
  4. Why does Holden spend time with Ackley?
  5. How does Holden feel about Stradlater?

September 10, 2012
Take out a piece of paper, a pen or pencil, and your Monday Silent Reading material.

Write your name and period at the top.

First line: todays date and name your book/magazine.

Second line: why are you reading this?

Keep these papers and keep them safe!

September 12, 2012
Get out a piece of paper and a pen/pencil.

Explain why college is important to you (or not important to you).

If you do not plan on attending college, what are your plans after high school?  Join the military?  Start your own business?


  1. Are people naturally good or bad?  And why do you think that?
  2. What is Holden good at?  Is there anything he is bad at?  Explain.
  3. Can we trust Holden as a narrator? Why or why not?

September 13, 2012
Tone describes the feeling you get when reading a piece of literature.  Authors use tone to make readers feel certain emotions.

Read the piece of literature on your desk and list 5-10 tones on the back.

September 18, 2012
On a piece of paper, list the characters you’ve read about in The Catcher in the Rye & 1 word to describe them.

Stream of Consciousness

Illusion vs. Allusion

Illusion:  Mind trick or seeing something that’s not really there

Allusion: reference to something that is commonly known – a book or an historical event

September 19, 2012
Why do they serve steak at Pencey on Saturdays?

Why does Holden write about Allie’s baseball mitt?

What does Allie’s baseball mitt symbolize?  Why?

Why is Holden so worried?

Why does Holden call Stradlater a moron?

September 20, 2012
Why did Holden attack Stradlater?

What does this tell us about Holden and Stradlater’s relationship?

What does this tell us ab out Holden and Jane’s relationship?

What does Holden lie to Ackley about?

Why does Holden lie?

Why does Holden feel lonesome?

What examples of the theme of depression can you find in Chapter 7?

How and why does Holden’s red haunting hat symbolize an extended metaphor?

September 25, 2012
Read Chapter 10 silently and answer the following questions.

Find quotes to support your answers.

  1. Define hypocrite in your own words.  Is Holden a hypocrite?  Why?
  2. Explain Holden’s beliefs about relationships with girls.  What statement is the author trying to make?
  3. What types of people does Holden like to be around?  Why?
  4. Why does Holden go to the Edmont Hotel?  How does being there affect Holden?
  5. One of the underlying theme of an individual’s human nature versus the norms of society.  What point is the author trying to make about society in this book?

September 26, 2012
What motivates Holden?

What conflicts does Holden face?

September 29, 2012
Extended Metaphor – a symbol that changes throughout the book

Allusion – reference to something outside of the text – commonly known

Symbol – represents a concept, idea, person, etc. – has specific meaning

Interior Monologue

Whatcha mean?  This guy here wantsta join a monastery?  He’s a fool!  You’ve gotta be the right religion for Chrissake!  I jus’ don’t see how some guy like him coulda thought he’d make it in a monastery!  You gotta live religion.  You gotta respect religion.  He ain’t got no religion for Chrissake!  What does it matter anyways.  He’s long gone by now, hangin’ out at some hotel doing who knows what.  Damn, this pimple won’t go away!

October 1, 2012
Define the following in your own words:
Allusion, Author’s Purpose, Author’s Style, Climax, Extended Metaphor, Interior Monologue, Oppression (Social Conflict), Symbol, Stream of Consciousness, and Tone

October 2, 2012
Think about all the places Holden has been.  How do his setting and surroundings affect him?

October 3, 2012
Why is Holden fixated on violence and suicide?

October 8, 2012
Why does Holden enjoy the museum so much?

October 10, 2012
What do you think makes an essay good?

October 12, 2012
Describe a time you did not feel respected.  Make sure to explain what happened and why you did not feel respected.

October 15, 2012
Did anyone watch the space jump?  What did you think?

October 16, 2012
Grammar and Language Mechanics

  1. It is advisable to make long distance calls after 11:00 P.M. or before 8:00 A.M.
  2. The official languages of the united nations are as follows english spanish french chinese arabic and russian
  3. In english class i learned the difference between the following polyglot and linguist
  4. Jazz is a highly improvisational musical form that is much of the music is made up as it is being performed
  5. Laugh and the world laughs with you said Ella Wheeler Wilcox.  Weep and you weep alone.

Correct Answers

  1. It is advisable to make long-distance calls after 11:00 P.M. or before 8:00 A.M.
  2. The official languages of the United Nations are as follows: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian.
  3. In English class I learned the difference between the following: polyglot and linguist.
  4. Jazz is a highly improvisational musical form; that is, much of the music is made up as it is being performed.
  5. “Laugh and the world laughs with you,” said Ella Wheeler Wilcox.  “Weep and you weep alone.”

October 17, 2012
After watching the second Presidential debate last night, who do you think won?  Why?

October 18, 2012
How far have you read in The Catcher in the Rye?  What are your thoughts on the book now that you are almost finished?

October 19, 2012
If you were given the option to vote in this election, whom would you vote for and why?

October 22, 2012
What did you think of our debate on Friday?  Like?  Dislike?  Why?

October 23, 2012
Consider the major themes, events, and characters in The Catcher in the Rye.  Make a list of the major themes, significant events, and major characters from the book.

October 25, 2012

  1. List 3 themes as sentences.
  2. List 3 events that are not from the beginning of the book.
  3. List 3 symbols from the symbolism dictionary.
  4. Explain your listed items.



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